Possessed pets, an infamous exorcism, a haunted doll, a pop-singer-turned-paranormal investigator, an Osbourne returns to his haunted home and all sorts of paranormal activity: Welcome to Ghostober 2022.
After watching the Ghostober Preview Party, which basically served as a 30-minute sneak peek into October’s new programs, I was fully hyped to see what the Travel Channel would offer for the spooky season. And wouldn’t you know, it’s that time of fear again…
Last year’s Ghostober was fun, but if the first week of shows can provide evidence of what’s to come, it’s gonna be a great month! In addition to Travel, Food Network and Discovery Plus will feature new frights every night, and the first thing I watched was Shock Docs: The Exorcism of Roland Doe.
If you’ve ever heard of The Exorcist, you might know a little something about the real-life exorcism that was fictionalized into a novel and then a blockbuster movie. In reality, there was a demonic possession, but the entire process of a Catholic priest removing the evil entity had never been recorded, step by step. And after the little boy’s life somehow returned to normal, there was somewhat of a conspiracy about the aftermath and the story remains unresolved, today.
Then I watched The Curse of Robert the Doll, which is the most haunted doll in the world, haunting Key West, Florida for the past 100 years. This documentary film is not just a story of the legend behind the life-sized children’s toy that has attracted multiple spirits, as if a portal has opened and cannot be closed, but it also focuses on the victims, as well as historians and even a psychic medium who examines the cursed past. Does Robert’s origin story come from a voodoo curse, or something else altogether?
“We make monsters, and then we can’t control them when they get out into the world. Who knows what’s next…”
Next I watched Eli Roth Presents: My Possessed Pet. Now, I’m very much an animal person, but dogs are high up on my list. “The Night Mare” featured a spooked-out horse, while “Master of the House” hit a little closer to home, as something sinister possessed Man’s Best Friend while living next door to a cemetery.
Eli Roth sure has made a name for himself in basic cable these past few years. First, with his History of Horror (Which I absolutely love!), followed by Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life (Which is hit or miss) and now, with Eli Roth Presents: My Possessed Pet. He’s really cranking out his horror brand.
Upcoming programs that have yet to air include We Bought a Funeral Home (Is the Lady in Blue really a friendly ghost?), Shock Docs: Ghosts of Flight 401, Jack Osbourne’s Haunted Homecoming, Ghost Brothers: Lights Out, Haunted Scotland and Conjuring Kesha. Then there’s all-new episodes of Paranormal Caught on Camera, Ghosts of Devil’s Perch, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life.
There’s still plenty of time left to catch up on all of the paranormal scares, as there will be many more all month long. And you can always check out the streaming service for repeats and reruns.